I’m usually not one to listen to the “dippin dots guy” but in this case I believe it might be a little more believable. During my last visit to Dollywood, I had a nice conversation with one of the train engineers on duty. He had worked at the park for a number of years and had even helped construct some of the park’s most notable attractions such as Thunderhead and Mystery Mine. After a while of conversation, I decided to ask the million dollar question: what’s next for the park after Adventure Mountain? What he said really took me by surprise:
A racing wooden rollercoaster behind the County Fair section of the park. Here’s where things get interesting: the County Fair area is bounded by the park’s railway. Crossing railroad tracks wouldn’t be too difficult, but the coaster would have to be built across the service road that is just beyond that tracks (the one used while the new entrance was being constructed). Here’s a visual that might help:
In blue is the train loop that surrounds County Fair. The red line represents the maintenance road, and the orange area is where I believe the coaster would go. Keep in mind that Dollywood originally had their eye on Libertyland’s Zippin Pippin that was for sale back in 2006. Could this rumored coaster be a modern re-thinking of a classic wooden rollercoaster? Or was this engineer only spouting out random ideas that have come through over the years. Perhaps the park will invest in a pair of Intamin plug-n-plays… Only time will tell.